grantmal, on 16 March 2012 - 08:19 AM, said:
Sorry, meant to ask about this ribbon. Is there any way to trace German Iron Cross awards? Also, (judging by the age of the bloke second left) would personnel of these type of (support) units be men unfit/too old for infantry service? Could the ribbon-wearer have gained his Iron Cross in another service?
sorry, I´m not an expert about medals and even the simple rules of Iron Cross may be more complicated as I believed.
After war this kind of miniaturized EK on the ribbon was frequently to regard. Also for Prussians. Perhaps a matter of fashion, perhaps because it was too much fragile? Maybe an online antique dealer can help??
I continue to speculate about their service in the last phase of war. They were specialists and too much valuable for infantry service. On the other hand by the air superiority of the enemy it was very difficult for ballooning, so they lost their occupation?
The history ot their unit would be helpful.